Postcards – Stories from Sharana

While christmas season is coming and many people in Europe and the US think of their families and friends, we wanted to help everyone to send wishes and do something good: talk about Sharana, remind about all those people who benefit from Sharana’s work and donate. We produced 2 sets of cards. Each set consists of 6 individual pictures. Each picture tells a tale of South East India – on the front side with a photograph, on the flip side the narrative is given with words….. the cards are printed in high quality on just such paper. You will love them!
And: You can buy. Each set costes just EUR 5,- of which more then EUR 4,- will go directly to Sharana and in the support of the work we do in Pondy.
So please do not hesitate to write to peter@sharana.org and order your card sets – just before the season starts!

Rajkala in Paris.

Rajkala speaking to french supporters.

 

On november 10th Rajkala – the founder and president of Sharana – came to Paris to meet about 150 supporter from France. Throughout the event which took place at l’Eglise Réformée de la Rencontre, Rajkala spoke about the status of the current programs and illustrated this with plenty of moving case studies and stories from the field. Moreover her presentation discussed four focal points Sharana will have in the time to come: Expanding rural development, ensuring the right to education, developing vocational training and leading more children to higher education.

 

Some of the slides which were presented throughout the day:

 

Impressive facts and figures.

 

 

Majority of donations come under the collective sponsorship program and were spent mainly in the village program of Mathur, followed by Angalakuppam.

 

In the section „Vision“ Rajkala pointed out, how important it is using the already existing social centers and building facilities to provide more community members with greater access to educational, health, sanitation and training rescources. Expanding the micro-credit programms in the villages will support this goal. Beside that Sharana will focus more on the development of ist human resources among the existing Sharana staff and build capacities, develop skills and ensure that staff undergoes appropriate professional training necessary for their ever more demanding jobs. Finally Rajkala pointed out, that the development of new partnerships will be crucial to continue the successful work. Partnering with government agencies in india, partnering also with international development agencies (i.e. ADMCF, AFID, Tulane University). Already today Sharana maintains partnerships with organisations in the US, UK, the Netherlands and Germany – not to speak about the strong ties Sharana has to its French parter organisation. All participants of the meeting had lunch together and many participants were continuing the conversations long after the official ending oft he event. Some nice pictures from the gathering done by our German friend Peter can be viewed on Flickr. In a way it was a historic moment, since first time in more then 10 years of Sharanas history there was a meeting held in the capital of france.

 

Lead more children to higher education - the number of children who qualify to higher education is growing strongly. We see this as a result of the good work we do with younger children.